A second driver has been arrested in connection to the February 18, hit-and-run that killed former Kingstree Senior High School Basketball Coach Sonya Burgess.
On Monday, March 4, Kwandeesha J. Taylor, 21, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid. Taylor was later released on a $237 bond. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, Taylor was driving the vehicle that struck the body of Burgess after Burgess was involved in a prior crash.
Burgess' death resulted in a series of events and two separate drivers driving away from the scene. Investigators say on the evening of February 18, Daveline Leshon Holmes, 37, of Georgetown, left a convenience store located near the intersection of Hwy. 52 and Cades Rd. Holmes failed to yield to Burgess who was driving southbound on Hwy. 52. This caused Burgess to swerve in an attempt to avoid a collision. Burgess lost control of her Ford Expedition, causing her vehicle to flip over. She was ejected from the vehicle before it came to rest on the opposite (northbound) side of the highway. Shortly thereafter, Burgess was struck by the vehicle allegedly being driven by Taylor.
The charges against Taylor come only a week after SCHP Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said in a press conference that it seemed unlikely for charges would be filed against her anytime soon. The day after the crash Taylor came forth to the SCHP. At that time, she was interviewed and released.
On February 20, Holmes was booked on charges of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death and later released on bond.
Burgess was Kingstree High School’s science department chair and athletic director, as well as varsity girls’ basketball coach and volleyball coach.